The Boels Rental Ladies Tour (aka the Holland Ladies Tour) is always a fantastic race, with 5 flat (or mostly flat) stages that are usually all attacking with lots of Dutch-style tactics and wind, followed by the final stage 6 that’s a wonderfully hilly and hard stage, all around the (legendary) Cauberg and Valkenburg region. And that final stage is live!
The local Dutch TV station, L1, is showing the race on Sunday 5th September, from 14:00 Euro CEST (1pm UK BST; 11pm Aussie AEST; 6am North American EDT). And we can watch from all over the world, here, or on their general un-restricted livestream – it’ll be in Dutch, commentated by Marianne Vos, who should know all about this race, having won the race four times, and the World Road Championships on the Valkenburg hills in 2012. The stream will start with highlights of the race so far, before going into the stage, which starts at 13:00 CEST, live.
If you can’t wait, and want to follow the rest of the race as it happens, including the early part of the stage, there have been tons of updates on the race twitter and on the #BRLT2015 twitter hashtag (or via my live race tweeting list). There are daily race reports and tons more information, including results so far, and all the Stage 6 information, on the race website.
Want to see what it looks like? There are great photo galleries on Velofocus’ site (eg Stage 1 and Stage 2), and video interviews and finish-line shots on the Boels Rental Ladies Tour Youtube (videos made by the fabulous Aschwin Kruders) and on Felix Matthis’ Youtube (you should all be following Felix, he’s an excellent journalist – here’s his twitter). On top of that, Nettie Edmondson has daily diaries on Ella Cycling Tips, so you can read about the race through her eyes. And if that’s not enough, here’s the highlights of last year’s race, with lots of rider interviews:
Of course, I’ll be talking about the race on twitter – and if you have any questions before then, ask me there, or leave me a comment below.